Royal Visit: Prince Charles Honours Canadian Soldiers in Trenton

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On day two of their whirlwind three-day trip of Canada, Charles, Prince of Wales and Camilla, Duchess of Cambridge, stop by the Canadian Forces Base in Trenton, Ont.

It’s already been a busy day for the Prince of Wales—Governor General David Johnston announced this morning that the royal was named among 99 recipients of the Order of Canada. The 68-year-old received the highest level of the order for his global philanthropic work and support of Canada’s Armed Forces. Fitting, then, that Charles and Camilla will spend the day at the Canadian Armed Forces base in Trenton, Ont.

Their Royal Highnesses participated in a variety of events and activities that support and recognize individuals and families in the Canadian Armed Forces.

The couple also met with military personnel at the 8 Wing Canadian Forces Base, which has specialized in airlift and search and rescue missions for the past 87 years.

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Later in the day, Camilla met with The Queen’s Own Rifles, an Army Reserve regiment based in Toronto and Scarborough. Founded in 1860, it’s also the oldest continuously serving infantry regiment in Canada, of which the Duchess of Cornwall was made Colonel-in-Chief in 2014.

The royal couple later honoured the fallen at the Afghanistan Repatriation Memorial, adjacent to Trenton’s beautiful Bay of Quinte.

To cap off a hectic day, Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cambridge visited Wellington Farmer’s Market in Prince Edward County to chat with vendors and highlight the “farm to table” and “shop locally” movements.

The walkabout concluded with a glass of vino at the Norman Hardie Winery. Cheers to that!